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With all the news about restaurants closing in Clarendon, here is a piece about one food and drink emporium extending their lease in Clarendon; the redoubtable Clarendon Grill I couldn't find a thread on Clarendon Grill. That is understandable. Its not exactly a fine dining or specialty food destination, but if one goes to their website one will find actual food on their menu!!!!! The article references that they opened in 1996. Twenty years while facing tremendously escalating rents. They may not be a destination for dining but they are doing something right to stay in business. Of course one doesn't know about the specifics of their lease. They could have a pristine record for paying rent and working easily with the landlord. They are probably paying umteems more now than they were paying in the late 90's and early part of the 2000's. The property owner is getting far more rent than years ago, and if its the same property owner over these 20 years, probably far more in rent than he/she imagined. Possibly they got a relative "helluva deal". If you renew the tenant, you don't suffer from vacancy. We simply don't know. Okay...that means there is one place in Clarendon with the same trusty, well known mediocre menu....and DRINKS.
Flatbush Farm is the sort of restaurant you walk into and immediately want to, hope to, love. A lovely restaurant design, with a handsome long bar, huge vases of wintery tree branches, a happening bistro vibe, and a manifesto to take "farm-to-table" seriously - the place oozes beloved local institution. Unfortunately, Saturday brunch was lackluster. The farmer's breakfast featured a mealy potato hash which was not a hash of any kind but just badly cooked potatoes; the thick cut bacon had clearly been cooked hours ago and had that old, dry, sitting around in a sheet pan look, parched bacon is no bacon at all. The two over easy eggs were fine. White beans with collards and a poached egg was a fine hearty bowl, but rather one note and bland. Tofu, as a general rule, should never be scrambled. But the side dish of braised kale...the kale was delightful. Flatbush Farm 76 Saint Marks Avenue Brooklyn